Thursday, August 6, 2020

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    COVID-19 vaccine: Safety of Nigerians our priority, says Osinbajo 

COVID-19 vaccine: Safety of Nigerians our priority, says Osinbajo 

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo says the safety and health of Nigerians is a top priority in the government's search for COVID-19 vaccine.  Speaking on Wednesday during a virtual meeting with representatives of Pfizer and Biotech, the international pharmaceutical firms promoting the BNT162 vaccine candidate, the vice-president said the federal government is examining every possible option in the development and distribution of a [...]

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    FG: Unity schools ready to reopen August 4

FG: Unity schools ready to reopen August 4

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, minister of state for education, says the 104 unity colleges in the country are set to reopen on Tuesday. In a statement on Monday, Ben Bem Goong, the ministry's director of press and public relations, quoted the minister as saying so during a virtual meeting with commissioners for education across the country. Boong said Nwajiuba commended principals of the schools [...]

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    COVID-19: Not much has been done at health facilities we offered FG, says Catholic archbishop

COVID-19: Not much has been done at health facilities we offered FG, says Catholic archbishop

Ignatius Kaigama, Catholic archbishop of Abuja, says the church’s offer of its 425 health facilities to the federal government to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is still valid. On May 11, 2020, Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential task force (PTF) on COVID-19, had announced the offer of the Catholic church at a media briefing in Abuja. However, more than [...]

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    How flight ban made Nigerian mother and her quadruplets incur over $120k medical bill in Dubai

How flight ban made Nigerian mother and her quadruplets incur over $120k medical bill in Dubai

A Nigerian mother and her quadruplets are currently stranded in Dubai as a result of the ban on international flights. On March 23, the federal government banned international flights to check the spread of COVID-19. In an interview with CNN, Tijani Abdulkareem, 32-year-old husband of Suliyah, the new mother, said he made plans for his wife to relocate to Nigeria to give [...]

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    FG: 14,020 N-Power beneficiaries on payroll of other govt agencies

FG: 14,020 N-Power beneficiaries on payroll of other govt agencies

The ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development says 14,020 beneficiaries of N-Power have existing accounts on the payroll of other agencies.  Established in 2016, the N-Power scheme is one of the national social investment programmes of the federal government targeted at unemployed graduates who are engaged by the government and paid N30,000 monthly stipend. In a statement on Thursday, [...]

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    COVID-19: ASUU asks FG to close schools until 2021

COVID-19: ASUU asks FG to close schools until 2021

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has advised the federal government to allow schools remain closed until 2021 to ensure adequate preparations before reopening. Schools have been closed since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Biodun Ogunyemi, president of ASUU, told PUNCH in an interview that government shouldn't take such chances unless parents sign an undertaking.P “Look, Kenya has said [...]

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    Magu promises to cooperate with Salami panel but seeks fair probe

Magu promises to cooperate with Salami panel but seeks fair probe

Ibrahim Magu, suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has promised to cooperate with the presidential panel probing the anti-graft agency under his watch. President Muhammadu Buhari had set up a panel to look into allegations of corruption and abuse of office levelled against Magu. He was arrested on July 6 and whisked to the presidential villa in [...]

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    Court orders FG to return Saraki’s Ilorin houses

Court orders FG to return Saraki’s Ilorin houses

A federal high court in Lagos has reversed its order of forfeiture granted to the federal government over two houses in Ilorin belonging to Bukola Saraki, former senate president. The court had in December 2019, granted an interim order of forfeiture following an application brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The EFCC had claimed that the houses located at [...]

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    Lawyers ask Buhari to approve 33 nominees for FCT high court

Lawyers ask Buhari to approve 33 nominees for FCT high court

Legal practitioners under the aegis of Lawyers in Defence of Democracy have written to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to approve the list of 33 nominees recommended to him by the National Judicial Council (NJC). The lawyers asked the president to "withdraw the incomplete list" of 11 persons sent to the senate, seeking their confirmation as judges of the federal capital [...]

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    FG hands over national theatre to CBN, bankers’ committee for N25bn renovation

FG hands over national theatre to CBN, bankers’ committee for N25bn renovation

The federal government has handed over the National Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the bankers’ committee for renovation. Speaking at the handover ceremony that held in Lagos on Sunday, Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, said the renovation work would gulp N25 billion and last for 18 months. Mohammed also assured that the [...]

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    Reps to FG: Exempting Nigerian students from WASSCE will create confusion in education sector

Reps to FG: Exempting Nigerian students from WASSCE will create confusion in education sector

The house of representatives committee on basic education and services says the federal government's decision to exempt Nigerian students from participating in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will create confusion in the education sector. This was disclosed in a statement issued on Friday by Julius Ihonvbere, chairman of the committee. The federal government had announced on July 6 that [...]

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    Onyeama: We’ll review size of embassies abroad

Onyeama: We’ll review size of embassies abroad

Geoffrey Onyeama, minister of foreign affairs, says the federal government is considering a review of embassy operations across the world. Speaking as a special guest at a NAN Forum in Abuja, Onyeama stated that the review had become necessary as a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. According to him, resources for funding the embassies have not [...]

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    Agbakoba to FG: Merge customs, immigration to eliminate duplication of roles

Agbakoba to FG: Merge customs, immigration to eliminate duplication of roles

Olisa Agbakoba, former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has suggested that the federal government merge the Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigerian Immigration Service to strengthen the country's trade policy. In an article titled 'Avoiding or mitigating recession in post-COVID Nigeria', Agbakoba suggested that the National Customs and Border Enforcement Services should be established to replace both agencies. He said [...]

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    COVID-19: FG writes off N4.2bn debt of broadcast stations

COVID-19: FG writes off N4.2bn debt of broadcast stations

The federal government has cancelled 60 percent of the debt owed to it by broadcast stations to cushion the effects of COVID-19 on the industry. At a media briefing on Monday, Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, said the broadcast industry is hard-hit owing to falling revenues occasioned by dwindling adverts and sponsored programmes in the wake of the pandemic. He [...]

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    FG to shut Third Mainland Bridge for repairs

FG to shut Third Mainland Bridge for repairs

The Third Mainland Bridge will be shut for repair works, Olukayode Popoola, the federal controller of works in Lagos, has said. He did not say if the closure will be partial or total, but he gave July 24 as the likely date another phase of works will begin. Popoola did not also disclose how long the closure will last. Speaking to NAN on [...]

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    Odinkalu to FG: You can’t ask business owners not to increase prices when you’ve raised VAT

Odinkalu to FG: You can’t ask business owners not to increase prices when you’ve raised VAT

Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), says it is wrong for the federal government to direct business operators not to increase prices of goods and services despite an increase in value added tax (VAT). The 2020 finance act, which was signed into law in January, raised VAT from 5% to 7.5%, to increase the government’s non-oil [...]

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